Donald Sobol, Encyclopedia Brown author, October 4, 1924 - July 11, 2012
Sad, sad news broke this week. Donald J. Sobol, author of the Encyclopedia Brown series, died Wednesday, July 11th, of gastric lymphoma, at the age of 87.
Sobol wrote the first Encyclopedia Brown book in 1963 and continued to write every day until shortly before his death. Since its inception, Encyclopedia Brown has become a staple in classrooms and children’s libraries across the country, and has been translated into 12 languages, selling millions of copies worldwide. 2013 will mark its 50th anniversary.
The idea for Encyclopedia Brown came to Sobol when he was researching an article at the New York Public Library and a game book was handed to him in error by a desk clerk. The book had puzzles on one side of the page and solutions on the other, inspiring him to write a mystery series with the same sort of premise. The books would eventually earn him an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1976.
Sobol’s latest Encyclopedia Brown adventure, Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Soccer Scheme, will be published in October of this year.
The family has asked that donations in his memory be made to The New York Public Library at www.nypl.org/donaldsobol. Check donations can be mailed to The New York Public Library, 476 Fifth Avenue, Room M-6, New York, NY 10018, payable to The New York Public Library. Please note “Donald J. Sobol” in the memo.
Read more about Sobol in:
The New York Times
I’m pretty sure my love of mysteries began with Encyclopedia Brown.